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Village Hotel Swindon
Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Swindon
Reviewed 16 August 2011

The 5 of us stayed in a more family room which was absolutely huge! Loads of room for the kids to play. We had a kingsize bed, 2 single beds a sofa bed and a cot (they provide linen) a/c, a dressing room, free wifi and a huge 50" television on the wall. The room rate was £95 per night and that included a 3 course evening meal with a glass of wine in the Italian restaurant or pub plus breakfast. The staff were all very friendly, made a fuss of the children and gave them colouring books/crayons ect.....

The hotel is a perfect base for families, it is joined onto a leisure park with cinema, softplay, laser quest, bowling, Internet cafe plus pizza hut, Chinese and Indian restaurants. Plus there's an asda around thecorner.

We stayed here on a LONG journey from Newcastle to peppapigworld in Southampton and it broke the journey up nicely. It takes about 1 hr 20 mins to get to peppa pig world from the hotel.

All in all this hotel provided amazing value for money. It was cheaper than room only at the premier inn yet we got so much more included.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

We booked this hotel for us and two teenagers and were slightly worried after reading some of the rewiews. Just proves you shouldn't read them and make your own mind up. We loved it ! So did the kids. We had the king suite room which was ENORMOUS ,a huge bedroom and a massive lounge , we could all relax in here in the evenings. The kids had a family room with 2 double beds this was also huge! The staff at reception were all lovely, polite and helpful. We even got a really nice 3course meal in the pub included. The staff at breakfast were all lovely no problems lovely food. Small criticism yes the rooms are dark but put the lights on!!!! The mirror on dressing table is far too small and no plugs near the big mirror on the wall. Designed for men obviously! Overall we had a lovely time , the biggest rooms we ever stayed in and excellent value for money. Go and make up your own mind you wont be dissapointed .

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

We stayed in one of the family rooms, which was a very large room and plenty of room to accommodate us all (although a slightly bigger bathroom would have been nice). Room was a/c and had plenty of opening windows.

Facilities good, 2 restaurnts to choose from and a Starbucks. Pool was good size.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

Stayed overnight on route to Cornwall and had a lovely night in a huge room, left a teddy behind which was found and later picked up.

Love the refurbishments really good.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2011

Stayed over here on the home from Devon. Not disapointed. Lovely breakfast and pool area.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

Bar a few niggles we would be rating this hotel better - this is the first time we have stayed in a room here, but visited many times before as it was local to where we lived until recently. The recent "Village" makeover is quite welcome, with the addition of a handy Starbucks and creation of the family atmosphered Victory Pub and Buca Italian restuarant. The decor isn't all tasteful but it does give the new feel to common spaces and rooms.

The room we had was a reasonable deal for two nights and included breakfast. The room was spacious enough for what we needed and looked out onto the inner courtyard - this was our biggest problem - directly below the room was the entrance to the courtyard from function rooms so was busy all night and due to echoes quite loud, even into the early morning. As this was being repeated on the second night we asked if there was a way to move us, but with a full hotel told this was not possible but they could shut the doors at 11PM to discourage people gathering below our room. This didn't happen but it did quiten down after midnight.

Second problem with room was heat! lack of a breeze meant that even with windows open wider on the second night (less noise!) it was uncomfortably hot in the room, A fan would have been handy as there was no aircon - and as there was no room fridge or ice bucket / facilities meant that cooler refreshing drinks could not be kept to hand. Bit dissapointed here that there was no "hotel directory" to help you find out what facilities were available, timings of breakfast, checkout etc. if you couldn't remember from check-in. Minor maybe but another niggle!

The star status reduction was a surprise at first due to the size and cost of the refit, but a reminder of why is probably also shown in the lack of toiletries in the bathroom - handwash and shower / bath wash dispensers is all that is provided now.

Final one - charge for newspapers. Not many hotels nowadays seem to give a complimentary newspaper - understandable when on lower room rates, but to charge a £1 to deliver to the room is a bit cheeky (especially as the first mornings paper didn't materialise) - the refund was made after a second reminder!


Plus points:
free wi-fi internet
leisure club has quite reasonable facilities, although the pool is a bit small and shallow.
free parking
comfortable bed
clean
skimmed milk and decaf options with in-room Tea and coffee facilities
good choice of eating at reasonable prices
Starbucks on site
proximity to Shaw Ridge Liesure park and local leasire facilities
proximity to Lydiard country park

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

Stayed at the Village Swindon for one night with our two children, on the way back to London from a lovely stay at the Hilton Cadbury in Bristol. My husband and I had stayed at the De Vere Swindon many times before it had changed to the Vilalge. Very dissapointing. Reception check in was ok, receptionist freindly enough but telling us that if we wanted to dine in the Italian restaruant it was already full from 7pm to 8.30 pm (no good to us with young kids ! ). She also then went on to tell me children had to be out the pool on Saturday by 12 oclock midday, again not very child freindly . The hotel was very busy with people everywhere. On entering the room it had been redecorated in a very business like and manly way. The room was extremely dark. This room was set up for a business man as the mirror on the dressing table was impossible to use to do hair or make up. The bathroom was still the original and the hotel had forgotten to alter the entrance to the bathroom where there was a kind of step where we all kept tripping over. We dined in the pub, which was good value as we had paid for inclusive dinner. The staff in the pub were very helpful and the food arrived very quickly. Very dissapointed with the pool and gym area. The whole area is set out mainly for members of the club rather then the guests. The woman at the desk of the gym area was not happy we had not bought down our room towels ( why would you use them to swim and use after shower ? ) The pool was very very busy. Swimming lessons were using half of the pool, no chairs available to sit , very much like a public pool then a hotel pool. Also the floor surrounding the pool area was dirty with hair. The breakfast was in the Italian restaurant and was absoultey disgusting, there was no waiting staff to greet us at the entramce we had to find our own table and all the tables had dirtly crockery waiting to be cleared. We had breakfast at 9 oclock and found that the cold food had run out, no croisants, no butter. I asked a staff member about cereal for kids and he was so rude and abrubt to me telling me No ! Using this restaurant for breakfast was not the right ambiance you want first thing in the morning, too over the top with chandeliers, and assorted photos covering the walls. All in all a huge dissapointment , think the de vere village are not trying to target breaks for families, after a wonderful few days in Bristol this really spoilt our few days away.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Village Hotel Swindon

Address: Shaw Ridge Leisure Park | Whitehill Way, Swindon SN5 7DW, England (Formerly De Vere Village Swindon)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Swindon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Swindon
#2 Luxury Hotel in Swindon
Price Range: £37 - £128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Village Hotel Swindon 4*
Number of rooms: 147
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Village Hotel Swindon is situated on Shaw Ridge Leisure Park and 3 miles from Swindon Town Centre. The Leisure Park has a bowling alley, multi screen cinema, restaurant, Pizza Hut and a public house. Within walking distance is an ice skating rink, a small shopping area with supermarket, post office, pharmacy, petrol station. Great Western Designer Outlet Village is within a 10 minute walk. Village Hotel Swindon has 147 bright and modern bedrooms, a choice of stylish dining or a traditional pub, Starbucks Coffee Shop, a relaxing Spa, state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Club, Swimming Pool, Meeting and Conference Centre, Live Party Nights, Wedding Licence, free wi-fi throughout the hotel and free parking. ... more   less 
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Village Hotel Swindon Wiltshire

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